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4.3
Black Barney   September 21, 2016   3135  
A French and Polish film set in a convent in liberated 1945 Poland. Countries liberated by the Red Army found themselves with a bunch of unwanted pregnancies resulting from gross and rampant sexual assault by undisciplined soldiers. You can imagine the unique situation of a convent finding itself with a bunch of pregnant nuns and how they would have to deal with that. Soliciting the help of an atheist medical professional, Mathilde, the brave nuns try to balance their shame with their faith. Look, it's not an easy movie. Mathilde's lover and...
 
3.3
Black Barney   August 24, 2016   3826  
Much like Match Point, Woody Allen explores the allure of infidelity and the simple nature of man. Jesse Eisenberg gives a commanding lead performance but it simply takes too long for co-star Kristen Stewart, cute as she is, to catch up. Her initial character is just simply hard to believe as an actual person. Where's this confidence coming from? Also, some of the casting is tough to swallow as goofy Steve Carrell is a Hollywood agent but takes too long to warm into the role. It's always tough for audiences to...
 
4.5
Black Barney   August 23, 2016   2939  
Incredible animated film that loses some points the more you think about it. From the studio that brought us the superior Coraline, here we have young Kubo, voiced by the young Stark son that barely gets more screentime in the entirety of Game of Thrones than he does here, who after forgetting to follow Gremlins-like rules of not feeding koalas after midnight, finds himself on an epic Zelda-like quest to acquire three or four magical items, including the legendary Sword Uncomfortable. Each one is naturally guarded by a dungeon boss, leading to some epic ...
 
4.0
Black Barney   August 16, 2016   2958  
Fun, cute and touching remake of the original Disney classic that freaked me out when I was a kid. I took my 5-year old girl to this one and she liked it just fine, but her grandparents seemed to like it the most. There's a bunch of pretty slow drama scenes (especially around Robert Redford) that leans this more to adults than to kids, but it's still good for both. Some pretty high profile actors and actresses are in this which surprised me, but helps keep the movie interesting and grounded. I think the movie...
 
4.5
Black Barney   August 05, 2016   3485  
Very interesting documentary on the advent of the internet (not simply the worldwide web, which I keep mistaking as the internet). Often the quality of documentaries are very much determined by the personality of the director/producer. In this case, with Werner Herzog, we're very fortunate to have an extremely likeable person at the helm. You never see him but once in a while you get glimpses of his personality that lapse into the interviews and I find really bolsters this movie. The first few times he spoke, i was wondering what that creepy guy from Jack Reacher was doing...
 
4.5
Black Barney   August 03, 2016   3069  
Super cute little Kiwi comedy. Not-so-little Ricky Baker is placed into a foster home at the frontier of New Zealand civilization (before you enter the Bush). Adventures follow as he and his "uncle" Hec (played by an unrecognizable Sam Neill) try to deal as much with each other as with the Kiwi wilderness. Takes a while to warm up but both main leads are fantastic as are the various antagonists that they meet or that chase them throughout the film. You'll surprise yourself when you are laughing out loud at a wild boar being killed,...
 
4.3
Black Barney   July 29, 2016   3253  
Very good film on growing up gay in small rural maritime town. I especially liked the nuance of having the mother who leaves the family at a young age, and the fallout that can cause. Great leading performance and some strong supporting ones as well. Loved his best friend, Gemma, played by Sofia Banzhaf, who of course the father assumes is his girlfriend. That relationship was a real highlight. I'm not sure if giving the hamster the voice of Isabella Rossellini was an attempt to go full-blown Cronenberg or what but the comedic breaks were...
 
4.5
Black Barney   June 20, 2016   4573  
Lots of fun, but impossible to match the perfection of Finding Nemo. I really enjoyed it and had some great laughs (seals yelling OFF!OFF!OFF! to get others off their rock had me rolling). Took my 5-yr old girl, Emily, to see it and she found it scary. i assumed she meant the squid-in-a-box but turns out she thought the idea of Dory losing her family was just way too scary. She's right, that's no picnic for a kid. I took her to this cuz I figured Jungle Book was too scary, but apparently I misjudged...
 
4.5
Black Barney   June 14, 2016   3876  
Well, this is going to be tough sell to this crowd. Let me first state that I don't like Jane Austen novels or movies AT ALL. They don't do it for me and I find them quite forced. I saw the trailer for this one and was still not convinced but the cast seemed to strong, i just had to go. It's hilarious and a bunch of quick fun. It's a slow build to the laughter, however. You know how Tarantino takes his time to build up the suspense until you can no longer bear it?...
 
4.5
Black Barney   June 02, 2016   4036  
Amazing. So much fun. Sort of a mix of The Commitments with Once (same director so no wonder) but still totally unique. Very quick synopsis since no one here ever knows these movies i see: 14 yr-old Conor is growing up in 80's Dublin. Having a tough time at home and at school, he luckily gets lost in the eyes of one Raphina. Giving him new purpose in winning her heart, he decides to be a rock star and quickly forms a band. That's all you need to know. I don't...
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